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Clinician in Residence

Areas of Expertise

Business Entities, Nonprofits, Transactions, Commercial Litigation


L.L.M., University of Virginia School of Law, Comparative Law

J.D., University of South Dakota Law School, Honor Graduate Editor-in-Chief, South Dakota Law Review

B.A., University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Political Science with Distinction, 1976 Member, Phi Beta Kappa


Partner in private practice of law for 29 years, specializing in business associations, commercial transactions, business acquisitions, and commercial litigation.

Visiting Associate Professor of Law, University of Arkansas-Little Rock Law School, 1987-1988.

Director of Clinical Law, University of Nebraska Law School, 1983-1987.

Selected Publications

"Modern Sentencing Reform: A Preliminary Analysis of the Proposed Federal Sentencing Guidelines," 25 American Criminal Law Review 1.

"Public Safety Legislation and the Referendum Power: A Re-Examination," 34 Hastings Law Journal 591.

A sample of reported commercial cases includes:
Waldner v. Carr, 618 F.3d 838 (8th Cir. 2010)
Yamada v. Gering Nat’l Bank & Trust, 497 N.W.2d 1 (Neb. 1993)
Parmenter v. FDIC, 925 F.2d 1088 (8th Cir. 1991)
Willow Tree Investments v. Wilhelm, 465 N.W.2d 849 (Iowa 1991).

“We live in and by the law. It makes us what we are: citizens and employees and doctors and spouses and people who own things. It is sword, shield, and menace: we insist on our wage, or refuse to pay our rent, or are forced to forfeit penalties, or are closed up in jail, all in the name of what our abstract and ethereal sovereign, the law, has decreed.”
-Ronald Dworkin

If we live in and by the law, what then do lawyers do? Simply put, a lot. Lawyers set the rules and craft the language of the deals people make. Lawyers transform citizens’ expectations into manageable realities. The law is a calling, that at its root, helps “citizens and employees and doctors and spouses and people who own things” make the deals that [hopefully] secure their future success and happiness.

Last Modified: 9/10/2013 1:11:00 PM by Ann Van Hemert